Well, the Chicago Cubs were beat down once again – by each other. They lost their Spring Training game, too.
- Mike Quade will have his first team meeting after yesterday’s debacle. Subjects for discussion will probably include the fight between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez, the insane number of errors in the first four Spring games, and when the next meeting will inevitably be held.
- Speaking of the game, the battles: Blake DeWitt had his first Spring hit, but you’ve got to believe if he doesn’t pick it up a bit, Jeff Baker may play more than just against left-handers. On the pitcher side, Carlos Silva was awful (even granting that he wasn’t helped by the errors), giving up 6 runs (3 earned) in his inning of work, including 2 homers. New Cub Robert Coello got an inning of work, and, as advertised, struck out two. He did give up a couple hits and a run, though. James Russell got a couple innings in, but was smacked around to the tune of 5 hits and 3 earned runs. Jeff Samardzija threw a scoreless 9th, you know, when no one resembling a Major Leaguer is in the game anymore. Baby steps, I suppose.
- Angel Guzman threw 20 pitches of live BP yesterday, which is awesome as it was the first time he’s faced live hitters since September 2009. Quade still describes the chances that Guzman breaks camp with the Cubs as requiring a “miracle.”
- Cubs players are following Charlie Sheen’s descent into madness (bi-winning), which makes sense, given the state of things.